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11 Nov 2008 // 10:00 PM

My Name is URL

Welcome to the latest strain of cultural insanity: people changing their given names to slogans, political ads, and website URLs.

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The Signal and the Violence of American Identity Politics

The oppressor in The Signal is an underlying, parental figure in absentia. It is industrial civilization as pathology, inextricably and somehow willfully divorced from reality.

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You’re Gonna Get a Lot More Girl Talk

Even though the presidential and vice-presidential candidates didn't win the posts they were gunning for, Americans have a lot of women winners, this election.

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“To Be Happy in Your Own  Life is All You Can Do”: An Interview with Wayne Coyne

It laboured for years in production, all while its lead actor was at the height of his drug addiction and the press grew wary of its many delays. Finally, the Flaming Lips' full-length film Christmas on Mars is seeing the light of day, and Wayne Coyne couldn't be happier to talk about it.

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10 Nov 2008 // 9:59 PM

Retro-ing Games

The disparity in the approaches Capcom took to Mega Man 9 and Bionic Commando beg the question: what do we want out of a "retro" experience?

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I’ve Loved You So Long: Interviews with Kristin Scott Thomas and Philippe Claudel

Kristin Scott Thomas delivers the performance of the year in Philippe Claudel’s I’ve Loved You So Long, and tells Mazur how she did it.

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9 Nov 2008 // 10:00 PM

Hung Up: The State of Rock Poster Art

With major labels fading and promotional budgets cut to the bone, can rock-concert poster art survive? Can it even thrive?

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20 Questions: Stereophonics

One of Apple's inventions and Salvador Dali's creations hold some envy for members of Stereophonics. The band's bassist and drummer talk with 20 Questions about these and other inspirations.

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Forty-Nine Hours at T-Dot Town’s Annual Small World Music Festival

Today's global music is an extension of the culture that has been emerging over the last century, when airplanes and vinyl recordings made social exchanges possible to an extent previously undreamed.

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6 Nov 2008 // 10:00 PM

Keith Haring: Warhol, Jr.

The Universe of Keith Haring digs under the artist's pop veneer and goes all the way to the surface, finding some kind of meaning in simplicity.

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A Study in Contrasts: An Interview with Maiysha

Too black for some and not black enough for others, Maiysha defies racial and musical conventions. With the launch of her debut album underway, she chats about race, celebrity, and a typical day in the United States of Hysteria.

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Personal Epics: The 46th Annual New York Film Festival

Shafted by the current events taking place outside its theaters, the New York Film Festival was agreeably low-key this year, demonstrating that art, at its best, can serve as valuable provocation when we try to make sense of a bewildering world.

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R.I.P. Smooth Jazz, Round Two

Smooth Jazz truly is the music of the gesture. It is music of the pose. It is music -- maybe particularly when it is made by a skillful musician -- that hints at real music without being real music.

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The Man Who Wasn’t There: Wrestling with Oliver Stone’s W. and the Enigma of George W. Bush

Stone doesn't "get" Bush’s true historical legacy (any more than the rest of us do in 2008), but he cannily realizes that, warts and all, Bush is an undeniably pivotal figure.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain: The Power of Negative Thinking

The forefathers of modern-day noise-rock release practically all of their odds-and-sods, which includes songs that are terrible, funny, exciting, bland, and utterly spectacular in equal measure.

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5 Nov 2008 // 9:59 PM

In a Groove, in a Grove

Even in the dead of summer when a cacophony of cicadas clinging to the limbs assail the ears, the visitor caught in the grove cannot help but be sucked into the mystical vortex.

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Wetnurse: Not Just Weaned on Metal

Wetnurse's Curran Reynolds talks about growing up in the isolated Maine woods, recording with NYC mainstay Martin Bisi, and how his band expresses "love as well as angst".

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4 Nov 2008 // 10:00 PM

CMJ Music Marathon 2008: From Top Draw to Taco Bell

Whether they were looking for a quick blast of blog action or a record deal, over 1,000 bands poured into New York City looking for that elusive ounce of praise that could elevate them from a gaggle of fans to the Gossip Girl soundtrack. Here are the best 20 and the worst 10 artists.

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3 Nov 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Limits of Celebrity

Even Oscar-winning worldwide superstars such as Jennifer Hudson aren’t immune from sh*t jumping off in the ‘hood, where jobs disappeared long ago, and warzones are populated by local gangs -- not Al-Qaeda wannabes.

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3 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

Raging in the Streets

With America rejecting conservative politics, the time is ripe for Rage Against the Machine's return. The band has rediscovered creative and political confidence that fits these tumultuous times perfectly.

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